I know it has been forever since I have posted a blog but I have been so busy and for that I am thankful. I will try to fill you in on what has been going on in my life since I last wrote. I finished my very LAST clinical rotation the week of Thanksgiving and although I was sad that it was over, it was such a relief to be finished. It is kind of weird to think that the next time I work with patients, I will no longer be a student!
For Thanksgiving, my Nanny and oldest cousin and her family came down to celebrate with us! We had such a wonderful time with them and Thanksgiving was very special this year because I have a lot to be thankful for. 🙂 Will’s oldest brother and his family also came for Thanksgiving from Texas and I think this was the first time I had seen them in a year. We had a good time with them and also had our Christmas with them on Thanksgiving night which was a lot of fun! After Thanksgiving, Nanny stayed with us for a week.
A lot happened during the week after Thanksgiving! I not only had to complete my final presentation at school and present it to the faculty, but I also had a couple of interviews scheduled for that week! After my first interview, I was offered a job at Stillwater Medical Center and accepted the position the very next day! It all happened so quickly and I thank God for that! It’s amazing how His timing is so perfect. The week before, I wasn’t even sure that there would be a position available at Stillwater Medical Center. I am so very excited about this job and I will start working on January 1st! I will be working primarily in their rehab department but occasionally in acute care as well. Also, one of my favorite parts about working at SMC is that my mother works there too! Lunch dates everyday…it can’t get much better than that! 🙂
That Sunday, Nanny and I made the 6 hour drive back to Trenton. I was able to stay with her for a few days and got to see a lot of very special people while I was there also. I spent some time with my dad’s side of the family which is always fun and relaxing! I had dinner and went to a high school basketball game with my mom’s sister and cousin which was also a good time! Also, while I was there, I got to see a few of my friends from high school and those visits were wonderful! It’s not that often that I get to actually spend some time with them, hearing about their lives. Lastly, I was able to visit a friend of my late grandmother’s who is so very special to me. Although she recently moved to the nursing home, she is still sharp as a tack! I enjoyed every second we had together, hearing stories about her life and sharing my story with her as well. I always love my time in Trenton, especially getting to see my Nanny, it just is never long enough!
Since I returned from Trenton, I have basically been studying for at least 3 hours a day, every day for my national board exam which I take on January 29. Studying is not very much fun and is actually very exhausting! I have had to apologize to several people because it kind of puts me in a grumpy mood! I will be very thankful when it is all over!! I recently had a CT scan and doctor’s appointment to find out that everything still looks really good! The CT scan showed a 4mm spot on one of my lungs that the doctor said was probably from me having a cold that week. He was not worried about it at all and said he would see me in 3 months for a follow-up appt with no CT scan. I will have another CT scan in 6 months. Praise the Lord!! God is so so very good!
I can’t believe that Christmas has come and gone already! We were supposed to go to Trenton to celebrate Christmas with our family last weekend but they got some bad weather so we had to postpone that trip. Will and I attended a Christmas Eve service at my parent’s church with them on Christmas Eve and then spent most of Christmas Day with them as well which was so much fun! I know I have said this a million times already, but I am so super blessed beyond belief! My parents are amazing and always make Christmas so special for us. Will’s sister’s family was sick yesterday so we had to postpone our Christmas celebration with them until this evening. I’m sure that will be lots of fun as well! 🙂
Every year at Christmas time, I always pray that God let us forever be reminded of the “reason for the season.” A few days ago, I started thinking about John 3:16-17 which states “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” Although this is not a verse that we are typically reminded of at Christmas, as I thought of it, I realized it was perfect. God sent His son to be born a baby for US! So that He could save US!! How awesome is that?! I know that He has done so much for me and that gift is enough for me now and forever! What has He done for you that you will forever be grateful for?!
I thank you once again for your continued prayers! I ask that you continue to pray for me as I begin working soon. I still do not have all of my energy back and I ask that you pray for my endurance! Also, I ask that you pray that I will pass my boards and no longer have to stress about that anymore! Now on to bigger things…I ask that you pray for a few unnamed friends of mine. Since being on a journey such as this, I have encountered several friends along the way with similar struggles. Unfortunately, they are still fighting their battle. While I have faith that God has big plans for them, I ask that you join me in praying for them as they fight their battles. We know that God’s timing is perfect, sometimes it’s just hard to be patient!
Merry Christmas to you all and Happy New Year as well!